Samsung successfully tests 5G on high-speed train in Japan

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Telecommunications firms Samsung and KDDI have successfully tested 5G onboard a high-speed train in Japan.

KDDI said that the tests mark an important milestone in the commercialisation of next generation mobile networks and could pave the way for a vastly improved onboard wifi, superior passenger infotainment and increased security and analytics. KDDI aims to launch 5G by 2020.

Tests were carried out onboard a train travelling at 100km/h on a 1.5km stretch of track between October 17-19 in the city of Saitama.

During the demonstration, the companies achieved a successful downlink and uplink handover as well as a peak speed of 1.7gbps (Gigabits per second).


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Samsung Electronics’ head of networks business Youngky Kim said that 5G has the power to “transform the landscape of our daily lives.”

KDDI senior managing executive officer Yoshiaki Uchida added: “With 5G expected to bring railway services to a whole new dimension, the success of today’s demonstration in everyday locations such as a train and a train station is an important milestone indicating 5G commercialisation is near.

“To fulfil our aim to launch 5G by 2020, KDDI will continue exploring real-life scenario experiments for diverse 5G use and business cases together with Samsung.”


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